Launch of NASA's CAPSTONE cubesat moon mission delayed to June 27

The extra two days will allow more time for rocket checks.

The microwave oven-sized CAPSTONE will head toward the moon atop a Rocket Lab Electron vehicle

 it has been pushed back to allow for additional checks on the Electron, NASA officials said in a brief update last night(opens in new tab) (June 22).

If all goes according to the current plan, CAPSTONE will launch Monday at 5:50 a.m. EDT (0950 GMT) and arrive at the moon on Nov. 13.

The 55-pound (25 kilograms) CAPSTONE won't land on the moon.

The cubesat will also perform some navigation and communications tests,

 some of them in tandem with NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling Earth's nearest neighbor for more than a decade

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